Guilford County to get charter high school

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Piedmont Classical High School will be Guilford County's only charter high school and promises a traditional approach to learning.

Interim Principal Mary Sauer said that parents need options when it comes to their children's education.

“My students are a product of Guilford County Schools and I am as well but parents deserve options. It’s not a one size fits all in education anymore,” Sauer said.

Piedmont Classical aims to encourage values, debate, and discussion and rely less on technology as a focus but rather a tool.

“I see we're losing valuable skills because they’re so technology focused,” Sauer said.

GCS sent this statement in response:

“GCS combines traditional teaching methods with technology to prepare students for the global economy. Our graduates are leaving our schools with more Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and college experience than ever before. They are going on to top universities; having already earned college credits for free, and will enter the world as citizens ready to help their communities having graduated from a National District of Character.”

Piedmont Classical High School will take in 100 tenth graders and 200 ninth graders in their temporary location at C3 Church Greensboro.

Teachers at Piedmont Classical will be rewarded by merit-based pay.

Sauer said they plan to build their permanent location on a 21 acre lot along Yanceyville Street and Lees Chapel Road with a capacity of 900 students.

Guilford County Schools are required to share state and federal funding with charter schools.

Last year the district shared more than $10 million.